The 10 PM broadcast will feature the Richard Thomas-Stewart Lee musical, which was filmed live at the Cambridge Theatre. The telecast will be preceded by a profile of talk-show host Springer at 9 PM. The profile will be introduced by David Soul, who played Springer in the West End musical. The BBC 2 evening will also include "Ruby Wax Meets . . . The Jerry Springer Show" at 9:10 PM and a documentary about the creation and subsequent success of Jerry Springer—The Opera at 9:45 PM. Visit www.bbc.co.uk for more information.
Jerry Springer—The Opera began as a "scratch night" event in 2001 with creator-composer Richard Thomas, then underwent a number of workshops before making a splash — in concert version — at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002. New National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, who had followed the show's evolution, decided to present it as his first production and the National's first new opera.
The opera extended its debut twice at the National's Lyttleton Theatre, where it was recorded live for the currently-released double CD. The work then transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre where it still currently runs.
The new show based on the world (and netherworld) of the American talk show host features music by Richard Thomas and book and lyrics by Thomas and Stewart Lee — who also directed the London run.
The stage work centers on its title character, talk show host Jerry Springer, and his widely followed television program. Known for its volatile and outrageous guests — who at times assault each other — the show's topics have ranged from "Hillbilly Love Triangles!" and "A Transsexual Turned Me On!" to "Surprise! I Have a Bisexual Lover" and "I Refuse to Wear Clothes." After the traditional "Jerry! Jerry!" chant, the show concludes with Springer's Final Thoughts — in which the host comments on the proceedings in an attempt to make sense of it all. Characters featured in the production include Jerry, the TV show's head of security Steve Wilcos, a slew of trailer trash and omnisexual characters, some KKK members and Satan.
The score of Jerry Springer — The Opera includes such songs as "Ladies and Gentlemen," "Have Yourselves a Good Time," "Bigger than Oprah Winfrey," "Chick With A Dick," "Talk to the Hand," "Diaper Man," "This is my Jerry Springer Moment ," "Mama Gimmee Smack on the A**hole," "I Wanna Sing Something Beautiful," "Poledancer," "Some are Descended from Angels," "Jerrycam ," "Klan Entrance/End of Act One," "Purgatory Dawning," "Eat Excrete," "Him Am the Devil," "Satan & Jesus Spat," "Adam and Eve and Mary" and "Jerry Eleison."